Design-Love Series: Colourful Camping

Hello! I’m kicking off a new series sharing great design and some ideas for buying and supporting independents retailers, designers and creatives, with a post about glamming up your camping this summer:

Camping and festival season is definitely upon us – But, if like me, you find yourself not always the happiest of campers (rain, cold, mud, other people’s children outside your tent at 6am, suspicious stuff lurking in communal showers and toilets…the list goes on!); there d41a9567a7dd006e890f700addcb4b6care plenty of bright, fun, textiles and accessories out there that will brighten up your pitch and inject some sunshine into your trip….and if you don’t always embrace it at home, then a bit of outdoor living is just the right time to throw caution to the wind and get some crazy colour in your life…..

Camping needn’t be all Go Outdoors, Millets & Blacks. No! Whilst I concede that these chaps have great kit, there’s some even greater kit out there from the Independent retailers…you just need to do a bit more digging!

Make sure your tent stand out in a field of green. I love this limited edition design by Tord Boontje for Field Candy. Not necessarily great for family camping, but a super fesitval tent.


For a bigger group, glamp it up with a colourful Bell Tent. The Glam Camping Company and Boutique Camping sell a wide selection.


Great for carrying all your kit (and for hiding behind when traipsing to the shower block in your PJS and wellies) is one of Rachael Taylor’s huge canvas bags


Keep warm with a cosy mug of hot chocolate drunk from one of these fabulous enamel mugs and pot from Old With New via Not On The High Street

Folklore Woodland Enamel Mug

…and how about the fair-trade, hand-painted decorative enamelware range from Nkuku for all that al-fresco eating and drinking:


Franjipani Floral Cup

Franjipani Floral Tray

Keep the Pimms and Peroni cold in one of these fun cool bags also from The Glam Camping Company


Bring a smile to your face when doing the tiresome task of cooking and washing up with another Rachael Taylor range – her oven mitt, apron and tea towel

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…and finally, snuggle up for a good night’s sleep in one of these quirky design sleeping bag from Anorak.

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So if you are off to the Great Outdoors this summer…Go on – check out the online retailers and independents on your high street and glam it up…even if it’s just a bright orange might bring a smile to your face as you listen to the rain lashing down the canvas!

Happy Camping x